Listen to some of my background music samples, meditations and orginal songs HERE.
Where Do You Get Your Background Music From?
Unless I state otherwise, all the music I use for meditation, narrated articles or my originals is written, produced and recorded by myself (April Ann Roy). On occasion I use instrument or sound samples from royalty free licensing sites, but I never use full tracks from anyone else.
How Do You Come Up With Your Music?
So many ways! Sometimes I feel inspired to sit down at my keyboard and just mess around and I stumble on some good chord progressions and words will come next. Sometimes words come first and I later find sounds that go with it. Other times I might be playing around with my music producing programs for fun and something will spontaneously come through. There are so many ways a song will come about, I try not to limit how they show up or what they sound like.
Why Do You Like Music So Much?
My body, mind and spirit feel so connected with sound. The frequencies that come through me feel otherwordly...it's hard to explain but sound in the form of music feels like a literal part of who I am. When I took a break from producing music for a few years, it felt like something was missing. I don't think I could ever not like music!
Do You Create All Your Music Yourself?
Yes. I record, write lyrics, produce and master all of my music myself.
What Tools/Instruments Do You Use To Produce Your Music?
I have a Yamaha Piaggero MIDI keyboard to control sounds in either Garageband or Logic Pro on my iPad or my Macbook Air. My recording mic isn't fancy, a FiFine studio mic, and an old pair of Sennheiser, open back studio headphones. I also play an Irish Whistle in the key of low D.
As I mentioned before, I sometimes use instrument or sound samples that other people sell and I use my MIDI keyboard to control those through one of my programs. And of course, my own voice! I do not use vocal tuners or masking. What you hear is my raw voice with some reverb or mastering.
What Is Your Background In Music?
I have no formal training and I don't even know how to read sheet music!!! I have always felt very in sync with music but did not start playing the keyboard or singing until I was about 12 or 13. My first keyboard was a really cheesy Casio that basically sounded like a toy. I started teaching myself how to play chord progressions with the little instruction manual that came with the Casio. I sang for church a handful of times for special services or plays but nothing major.
When I was 16, my parents helped my sister (she writes music too, and plays guitar) and I buy a professional Korg Keyboard and that I honed my skills on. I began to write my own songs and I started singing background at church. Eventually, I started leading worship myself when the worship leader was gone, or for special services or prayer. I continued to write my own songs that I would use during worship services and when my parents formed their own congregation, I was the sole worship leader for their church every Sunday.
After leaving religion, I stopped playing music for a number of years until the desire to be a channel for sound became strong again. At that time I decided to take my music in another direction, which was meditation, channeled singing, ecstatic dance and listening music.
Do You Produce Music For Other People?
So far, I have not produced music for anyone else.
Who Inspires Your Music?
I enjoy a vast array of genres and there are for sure some favorites, but my music doesn't actually sound like my favorite artists. When I write lyrics or produce music, the energy comes from a deep place within me that is so personal and not modled after anyone in particular.
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